Andrew Guy

We speak to our NSW #YourChair winner Andrew Guy about his journey as a trans person #TheProjectTV

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

A small insignificant post

I just wanted to share that I bought my first razor and can of shaving cream today. It was a very confusing and funny experience. I must have been standing there at the shelf in Woolworths for at least 20 minutes debating between Gillette & Shick varieties.

The more important question I have though is what's with all the varieties of disposable razors?? Surely that's not totally cool for the environment. Do men go through one a day - that's 365 bits of plastic a year being thrown out per man. You know what I mean??? Anyway small observation. Chin & moustache whiskers (eww I might add - definitely taking some getting used to!) all sorted ... for now!

Friday, December 17, 2010

My December Recommended Book Read

'Power vs Force' The Hidden Determinants of Human Behaviour: An Anatomy of Consciousness
by David R Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D

A book just by reading raises your level of consciousness. Have a read & write to let me know how you feel & your experiences of how you world view alters as you read in. I'd love to hear from you!! A society vibrates at a level around 200...Jesus around 10,000 - where do you feel you are at?

Awaited for twenty years, the publication of Power vs. Force by David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D., reveals to the general public secret information heretofore only shared by the author with certain Nobelists and world leaders. Analyzing the basic nature of human thought and consciousness itself, the author makes available to everyone the key to penetrating the last barrier to the advancement of civilization and science and resolving the most crucial of all human dilemmas: how to instantly determine the truth or falsehood of any statement or supposed fact.

This author's boyhood spiritual experience of the "Infinite Presence" has directed his life’s work as a healing psychiatrist, a healing that transcends his patients' physical world. Dr. Hawkins's basic thesis focuses on the "Ultimate Presence" – the source from which individuals can reach their highest potential. He uses theoretical concepts from particle physics, nonlinear dynamics, and chaos theory to support his study of human behavior.

On the referenced Scale of the Levels of Consciousness, which calibrates the levels of Truth from 1 to 1,000, Power vs. Force calibrates at 850.


“A beautiful gift of writing… (You) spread joy, love, and compassion through what you write. The fruit of these three is peace, as you know…”  Mother Teresa, Templeton/Nobel Peace Prize recipient, anointed Blessed Teresa.

“Perhaps the most important and significant book I’ve read in the past ten years.” Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, motivational speaker and prolific best-selling author.

“…particularly timely… a significant contribution to understanding and dealing with the problems we face today.” Lee Iacocca, Former CEO of the Chrysler Corporation

“I especially appreciate the research and presentation on the attractor patterns of business…” Sam Walton, Founder/CEO of Wal-Mart

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Bed is Dead - Sydney Morning Herald 16 Dec 2010. Totally leading this trend! LOVE IT!

Around the world, tousled lads are rediscovering the grooming rituals of their fathers and grandfathers, writes David Colman.

In the past couple of years, the tops of men's heads have provided one of those ironies that make fashion so endearingly silly. It started in the late 1990s, when fashionably anti-fashion guys began leaving their hair messy and matted, as if they had just rolled out of bed. A product even appeared, called Bed Head, to help naturally neat hair fall into a perfect rat's nest.

But as au naturel as the look began, it became forced as this decade wore on. The hairstyle - notably atop, among others, Zac Efron, Clay Aiken and Adam Lambert - started to look spiky and artificial.

''Combs have really taken off,'' says Steven King, a distributor for Kent Brushes, the venerable British maker of combs and brushes, who estimated that his US sales have doubled in the past year - and the goods aren't cheap. Combs average about $US6 ($6) to $US25; brushes start at $US50 and run to $US400.

''The shorter hairstyles are very in,'' King says, ''and guys want to look neat.''

Draper, staunch character that he is, sticks to one hairstyle: neat on the sides, longer on top, tapered in back. But the comb is a friend to any number of styles. There is the classic military ''high and tight'', a crew cut on top, buzzed on the sides; the Elvis, a 1950s rockabilly style with a pompadour-style top and short sides; the Steve McQueen, short all over but longer than a crew cut; and the greaser, lubed up and combed straight back. And longer hair can be styled in different ways: straight back, side-parted and off to the side.

While the grandfatherly bureau-top brushes and combs have come back, old-fashioned hair lotions have not. Brilliantines and pomades are either too oily, too heavy or too hard to wash out with shampoo. (And how many beauty products can be said to have influenced interior design? The antimacassars on old sofas were ''anti'' because of a Victorian-era hair dressing known as macassar oil.) And as for that '50s favourite, Brylcreem, a little dab'll do ya in.

Even at retro barber shops, modern grooming products are the rule. Davines Wonder Wax, Aveda Liquid Pomade, Bumble and bumble Sumotech, Malin+Goetz Sage Styling Cream and Kiehl's Malleable Molding Paste are just some of the products used for getting the look right without it being stiff and brittle or heavy and greasy.

But since so many products are tailored to personal preferences and different kinds of hair, it is up to each man to find his dream goop. How? Ask your pharmacist.

''It's amazing how much the guys who come in here know about product now,'' says the president of the C. O. Bigelow pharmacy in New York, Ian Ginsberg. ''We used to educate them. Now they educate us.''
New York Times

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Letter From A Reader

I get quite a few of these types of emails and facebook messages at the moment and have been given permission to share this one. I share this one, not for the kind accolades offered, which may appear to be the reason at first glance, instead I share it for it's deep & insightful questioning of who are we beyond our "shell'. This is an amazing and can be a very uncomfortable space to exist in while personally evolving. I see this blog as a space for also reading about the larger picture of 'sense of self' & 'identity' far beyond gender and this one touched me very deeply. Sending all love to this divine soul.

Hey Anna!...or do you prefer Andi now? Happy to go either way!

I just wanted to let you know I am finding your blog so fascinating and inspirational. You honestly bring tears to my eyes and I cannot believe the strength that you have.

Although our journeys are extremely different, I too am challenged by my sense of self this year. I found out after Xmas last year that I was adopted...yes 38 years after the fact. It felt like everyone/ everything that I knew to be true was no longer and my life will never be the same. I googled and found my birth mum on Facebook only 5 weeks later and we are communicating nicely via email although I am still a massive secret in her life - not sure when I will be acknowledged publicly and to my "sisters" but happy to just get to know here a little for now. She doesn't know who my father is.

As you can imagine, it has been quite the year of ups and downs and just feeling so alone in this world as if no-one understands....so I can only imagine the thoughts going through your head with your identity crisis! Although I know I am still the same me deep down I felt like an empty shell . I am very blessed to have my husband and children but it is a strange feeling not knowing who you are so listening to your journey as you go, is actually really quite interesting to me and my journey.

I just wanted to let you that you are helping more people than you realise with your blogs and just wanted to say THANKYOU!!!

Lots of love and continued good karma to you!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Herald Sun News Victoria Aus - 8 December, 2010

MOVE over Eddie, meet the other boy from Broady.

Australia's latest red hot model export is slender and blond with a striking delicate beauty - and he is a bloke.
Andrej Pejic, 19, from Broadmeadows has taken the international modelling scene by storm in the past six months, with his gender- bender appearance. He is at the forefront of a new trend - the super feminine look for guys - or as it is being called, the femiman trend.
"At the start photographers really tried to work against my look, they tried to make me look more masculine," Pejic said. "Now, though, they do play around with it a lot more and embrace and try to accentuate the feminine and I am completely comfortable with that." Pejic admitted he was often mistaken for a girl.
"Well that happens all the time - it kind of always has, it is kind of everyday life really," he said. Since hitting the catwalks in Paris in June for top designers including Jean Paul Gaultier and John Galliano, Pejic has appeared in French, Japanese, Turkish and Italian Vogue and has just shot his first global advertising campaign.
He jets out of Melbourne today bound for New York, where he has landed another lucrative advertising campaign - believed to be for one of Europe's top fashion houses. "It has been a whirlwind, but a glamorous whirlwind," Pejic said. Fashion's freshest star was born in Bosnia "two months before the war started".
When he was nine he moved to Australia with his older brother, mother and grand- mother, with the family setting up home in Broady.
Chadwick Models director Matthew Anderson said Pejic was unique. "Andrej has created this look. He is not a part of the movement, he is the leader of the movement," he said.

Friday, November 26, 2010

New Millenium Man

Random thought offer today ... I wonder if in the future, beings who have transitioned from female to male will be branded the even 'newer sensitive new age guy' ... we used to be women so clearly that'd mean we have some unique insights into how to treat, work with, live with and support women, don't you think?!? ... hmmmm I'm curious that's for sure!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

10 things we wish we knew before starting

Hello fabulous readers,

This has been a big couple of weeks I have to say, within the space of a 3 days I have had a some fairly big things take place, including a joyous and painful experience of seeing my ex partner (for many reasons - life is by golly a very big paradox), having to find a new place to stay within 48 hrs notice, being advised that my work is winding up sooner than expected, and receiving some medical advice which means I'll probably be looking at one of the surgeries sooner than I had anticipated. So yeh big'ISH' week!!! It's all good though, I love big shifts, so much learning happens during these times, it's an amazing gift!

I thought whilst I continue to develop the next video blog (which has been slightly delayed due my attention being needed on the above) I would like to give you an insight into the 'Transitioning female-to-male in Australia' Handbook. Yes, yes this does exist, all 525 pages of it, with everything you want and don't want to know about this process. Fascinating read, some of which I agree is my experience and other sections which are no where near. So I'll be offering up parts of this with comment over the coming months. 

10 THINGS WE WISHED WE KNEW BEFORE STARTING (with my comments)

1. Plenty of people will find you attractive (appearing to be the case although I believe this is more of an energetic attraction rather than physical. Plenty of my lesbian friends are all like 'eww' to the small bum fluff appearing on my chin - I love stirring them - tee hee hee!)

2. There is no reason to rush anything (not necessarily always the case yet good advice if you have a lot of fear around this - everyone's process is their own)

3. Passing is easier than you think (oh my god this is like 2 years away at least of me thinking about so 'no comment')

4. There is no reason to hold yourself back if you want to transition (yes looking within and deciding, is to me the biggest moment)

5. The people who have known you the longest might be the ones that understand you the least (yes this has been my experience with the exception of a few close friends)

6. The truth of who you are is not up for debate (ha! not at all, I've LOVED the debates bring them on, I've discovered so much)

7. There is no checklist. Your mannerisms, sexuality, relationship with your body and medical procedures are entirely up to you (thank goodness for this)

8. A lot of people will have questions, only answer those ones you want to (nup, bring them on, I love answering them all)

9. When it comes to your own questions about your transition, there are no silly ones, ask as many of them as many times as you want to (I would even add here the quality of the questions you ask will assist with the quality of the answers you receive)

10. Be yourself. You'll be fine. (Who am I again? HA!)

First photographs coming soon!

Much love xo

Saturday, November 6, 2010

8 Weeks In - November 2010

Hello everyone,

Thank you again for all the interest in this blog topic that you've extended. It excites and inspires me greatly to know this, and to be even more open in giving you as many insights as I can, as I come to know them. I'm highly excited to see over that 400 people have looked at this, in the first 2 weeks!

I'm now in week 8 of this newly started journey...well I say that in terms of the physical body transformation steps. As I've alluded to previously, this is obviously a journey that has been ongoing for me for quite a while. I've had numerous discussions with a few of you over the years saying things like "you know if it wasn't so misunderstood within society" (my perception here of course, not saying at all that that is the truth!) "and if my Dad was a little more open and understanding I'd probably do this"....well life it seems conspired, saying to me louder and louder "well yes Anna this maybe the reality right now, yet isn't it time you should do this anyway, it's only been on your mind for the last 25 years or so"....(GULP!!!!) "okayyyy", so here I am, and if I'm to be even more honest, it was getting too painful to get up each day, to know this to be my truth and to be living a lie in most areas of my life. It had been churning into a recipe for a tired and sluggish existence for quite a while.

Since making the commitment to myself to further research, explore and discover the 'what's' and really the 'how's' (more importantly for my highly curious mind) everything has shifted from the way I talk to myself, see myself and interact with others. It's been huge, a massive gift and ultimately I feel so much lighter now having gotten all of this off my chest.

Speaking of chests (lots more to come on this topic!) on a funny side note, when I was in the US earlier this year doing some acting training, I took part in a workshop with a company called SITI in NYC, who offered an amazing style of theatre training called 'Suzuki' (very physically demanding). One of the fabulous teachers (aka amazing actress) early in the piece said..."Yes I can see from watching you today that you have a slight body alignment issue (referring to my rounded shoulders - ha! yep!). You like the hold the weight of the world on your chest don't you?" (um not really!)

So 2 months in, I have now had 4 testosterone injections which has just increased in strength from 100 to 250 mgs each time (generally injected into quad or glut muscle tissue) and can sense there is something a little different occurring throughout my body. The most interesting thing I've noted so far is how much more vivid my dreams are, it's like a fantasy world heightened to the extreme ... what on some nights I guess I can only relate to what one perhaps experiences on an extreme drug trip. I may share a dream or two with you in a video post, we'll see :-)

Otherwise I can see my shoulder area is broadening, muscles growing (much to the credit of my great personal trainer), no real facial hair or body hair that's evident yet (this is a good thing, as a committed waxer of hair for most of my adult life, this is going to take some getting used to!), and I can sense there are slight changed occurring to my voice and vocal chord area. In other words welcome to teenage boy puberty - yay! I get a sense I'm about to become a whole lot more compassionate towards teenage boys and what they go through. I'm excited and apprehensive, bring it on hey!!

I also recently have connected with this awesome arts student in Sydney who has offered to take photographic still shots of my body every few weeks over the coming months, to really highlight how the body changes, so some of these will be appearing for your viewing curiosity soon...as they say....watch this space!

Speak to you all again soon,

Much love xoxoxo

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Welcome - The Beginning

Hello everyone,

Welcome & firstly thank you for taking the time to read this blog page. I'm very aware that there are millions of blogs out in the big WWW and I very much appreciate that you have chosen to take a squiz at this one today.

I really look forward to sharing this rather significant process of transformation that I'm embarking upon in this life with you all. It is my intention to offer up questions, insights and information as I discover it to stretch the current world awareness of what gender is, what it isn't and that like a lot of things, certainly suggest that is far from being black and white (male and female).

When we are born into this world (if parents don't already know) I believe the first words uttered out of everyone's mouth in the delivery room is "It's a beautiful baby ..." and then there is a lot of tears, love, pain, joy and every other emotion that comes with this amazing life gift of an occassion.

I pose the question at this time rather than assume, what if that beautiful little being at that time could speak? Would it not be reasonable to say to the beautiful creature "what & who are you really?" because I get a sense their answer may be remarkably different from what everyone in the room has grown up and learnt to know and expect.

I personally would have loved to have been asked this question and to have had the permission and opportunity to begin living as this. I certainly feel I would have caused my parents a lot less grief, that is for sure, perhaps we would even be good friends now.

I knew who I was, yet everyone around me for the next 10 years or so felt compelled to tell me different because of a physical construct and idea they had learnt themselves of who they thought I was ... well except for maybe my best friend in junior school Macca who always used to tease me..."are you a girl or a guy?" surname being Guy, but really ... EXACTLY!!

Eventually though I didn't have the strength to keep fighting this so I just gave in to what society said was so and buried and silenced myself (uh oh!! in the words of Julia Roberts on Rodeo Drive "big big mistake...HUGE").

Finally 20 years on, feeling like I have the grounding, tools, courage and permission to speak my truth with the help and support of some truly amazing beings in this world (moved to tears just thinking about them).

HERE I AM and I am here to stay ... HELLO :-) It's a pleasure to see you all!

Many are asking me right now what do I want to be called and I say either name is good for now, I love both names Anna & Andrew very much.

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